The Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2023 auction is just around the corner and fans are eagerly waiting to see which world-class players will be snapped up by the five franchises. The first set of batters, known as ‘BA1’, includes some of the biggest names in women’s cricket and is expected to see some high bidding. So, let’s take a closer look at the,
Top 3 players who could potentially be the biggest buys at the WPL 2023 auction.
1. Shafali Verma – The Young Phenom
It’s not often that a young player becomes the talk of the town, but Indian opener Shafali Verma has done just that. With her explosive style of play and a string of impressive performances with the senior team, Verma is likely to be the player who earns the highest paycheck from the BA1 set. Not only is she a match-winner, but her potential as a captaincy option for a few franchises makes her going at a higher price even more likely.
While Verma can be inconsistent at times, there’s no denying her natural talent and the impact she has had on the game of women’s cricket. With a U19 Women’s T20 World Cup win under her belt, Verma is poised to take the WPL 2023 by storm.
2. Jemimah Rodrigues – The Exciting Talent
Just like in the IPL, Indian players could naturally go at a higher price in the WPL 2023 auction. Jemimah Rodrigues, a talented top-order batter, is no exception. Despite not being in top form lately, Rodrigues is an exciting talent and an icon of the current Indian team.
Playing domestic cricket for Mumbai, it wouldn’t be surprising if Mumbai Indians (MI) went all-out to secure Rodrigues’ services. MI has a history of going to great lengths to get the players they want, and the WPL auction could be no different. Rodrigues herself hinted in a tweet that she would like to play for MI, making it a possibility that the franchise could break the bank to get their icon player.
3. Meg Lanning – The Successful Skipper
Meg Lanning is arguably one of the most successful cricketers in the history of women’s cricket. With multiple World Cup wins across formats and a winning mentality, Lanning has what it takes to be a valuable asset to any franchise. And, with her captaincy experience, Lanning could be on the radar of many WPL teams.
Former Australian cricketer Rachael Haynes being the head coach of the Gujarat Giants could work in Lanning’s favor. The Giants could go big to bag Lanning’s services, making her a strong candidate to be picked up for a premium from the BA1 set.
In conclusion, the WPL 2023 auction is sure to be an exciting event, with many world-class players up for grabs. The top three players we’ve looked at in this article – Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, and Meg Lanning – are all poised to be the biggest buys at the auction, and we can’t wait to see which franchises they end up playing for.